To commemorate Peter Waite’s birth date (May 9, 1834), the WRI, together with the UoA School of Agriculture, Food & Wine honoured the day by sponsoring drinks and canapés for all Waite campus staff and UoA postgraduates on Friday afternoon 6 May 2011. The inaugural event was held in perfect autumn weather outside Lirra Lirra cafe from 3:00pm to 4:30pm and included a competitive Bocce tournament with 12 teams vying for the prestigious trophy, the Peter Waite Bocce Cup!
Professor Leigh gave a short speech and he said the Peter Waite Day event was a great opportunity for all the Waite collocated partners to get together and socialise.
At the conclusion of the event, Acting Head of School, Professor Eileen Scott presented the winners of the Peter Waite cup, “The Salties”. It’s worth also pointing out many of the teams had some fun names such as the SARDInes and the Central Wino’s – next year we hope to see even more Bocce teams enter with clever names representing their departments or area of research. Perhaps in 2012 we’ll even add an additional prize for the team with the best name!?
The WRI and AFW School would like to thank everyone who helped organise the Bocce games and the people who gave their support and attended ‘Peter Waite Day’ 2011.
On Monday March 21 2011, there was a free science forum held in Mannum which was organised by the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board (Ranges to River NRM Group). Presenters included Dr Wendy Umberger from the University of Adelaide (Lecturer in Agri Food and Wine Business) and the one day forum explored issues around farming sustainability and the technologies that are transforming our agricultural practices. The global problems of food security were also discussed. For more information please visit the SAMDBNRM website, podcasts will soon be made available here.
On Monday 24 January 2011 the Federal Government released the results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise. This was an assessment of the quality of research in all subjects in all Australian universities. The outcome for the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food & Wine (AFW) was outstanding – it scored 5, the maximum possible score, for the overarching area of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences as well as 5s in the following discipline areas:
Crop and Pasture Production
Horticultural Production (which includes the School’s research in viticulture and oenology as well as other horticultural crops)
Nutrition and Dietetics (to which the School’s food research group contributed)
A score of 5 is defined by ERA as indicating the research is well above world standard, and the full list of all scores can be found at the ERA website.
The outcome for the School confirms that its research is at the highest international level and secures its reputation as the foremost place for agricultural research in Australian universities.
I would like to thank everyone at in the School and on the Waite Campus for their individual and collective contributions to this magnificent outcome.
Today we celebrated the launch of a DVD on molecular biology “Introduction to Molecular Techniques: Theory and Practice”.
“In an Australian first; scientists from industry, University and the vocational sector have collaborated to produce an educational DVD presenting the techniques and applications of molecular biology in a practical way. The DVD introduces the theory of common methods and protocols used in laboratories using animations, before demonstrating the complex techniques step-by-step in the laboratory.”